KASESE RESIDENTS APPEAL TO PRESIDENT MUSEVENI OVER A HEALTH CENTER III FOR MBUNGA SUBCOUNTY
By Alex Baluku
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni directed Ministry of Health On 3rd June 2016, directed all Sub counties in Uganda must have Health Center IIIs after rehabilitation and remodeling health Center IIs or build new ones so that specialized health care services are brought near to people.
Ministry of Health as an overseer gave the Ministry of Local Government grants ranging from 400-850 million shillings to construct health Center IIIs and IVs across the country. However, district councils are the ones that choose which sub county to benefit.
Residents of Mbunga Sub County in Kasese district are calling upon local leaders to consider them so that access health services is improved.
Before Kilembe Mines Hospital that was in the valley was hit by the floods and later transferred to Kasese town, the locals would flock the health facility to access health services.
Now, the locals are complaining that it is quite expansive to transport a patient from their hilly areas to Kilembe Mines hospital in Kasese town.
Mr. Alexander Kibwebwe, the Local Council Chairperson for Nyakazinga village confirmed this to our reporter.
He adds that Mbunga Health Center II which is found in the area is far from other residents who are staying in areas neighboring Rukooki Sub County in the southern side of the sub county.
According to Kibwebwe, the health status of the people in the area is appalling asking government to think about elevating the health center II to a health center III status so that other health related cases are handled.
He also noted that the locals who have the capacity to rush the sick person to Kasese town using stretchers are impeded by lack of a bridge on River Nyamwamba.
He reminded the locals of their responsibility of working closely with their elected leaders in order to realize development.